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We enjoyed our time with our friends all day long yesterday in Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, WV.  We also enjoyed our time at ATC.  We are off to hike into Maryland today from Harpers Ferry, WV.  It is 41 miles from WV to PA through MD, so it should be around 4 to 5 days of hiking.  Good bye and thanks for your hospitality, WV!   Happy Mother’s Day to y’all!

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Hello folks!  Here is the list of plans for tomorrow, Saturday 7-May:

11:00 am – Cane and I plan to show up at ATC HQ (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) in Harpers Ferry with our backpacks to be critiqued by experienced hikers with the goal of safely reducing our pack weight.  A sign Language interperter will be provided during that time. 

1:00 pm – Lunch
The Anvil Restaurant
www.anvilrestaurant.com
1270 W. Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV

5:30 pm – Dinner
Ruby Tuesday of Charles Town
701 WILLOW SPRING DRIVE
CHARLES TOWN WV 25414
 

Please feel free to contact Cane via SMS (if you need his SMS number, please email him on his pager) if you need more inforamtion or have any questions.  It is going to be a beautiful weather tomorrow!  We are looking forward to getting together with our friends tomorrow! 

Here is the link where you can get more information from ATC HQ for all-day long event if you are interested in attending (please note – Cane and I will be at ATC HQ from 11 am to 12:30 pm only):

Spring Hiking Season Celebration

Rain stopped at noon and we made a quick decision to hike around 8 miles to Blackburn Center to stay for a night TODAY.  That way, we can arrive in Harpers Ferry tomorrow and take care of Cane’s boots problem right away.  Cane’s boots fell apart after only 2 weeks of absorbing some abuses from the rocks.  He has to find very strudious boots that can withstand tremendous amount of abuses from the rocks this weekend or he will hike bootless!  😎

Catch y’all later, folks!

We elected not to hike today due to soggy and cold rainy day today.  It is not fun and easy to hike on the trail in that weather condition.  We are taking the “rainy day” today at Bears Den and hanging out with other hikers – Rockpuncher and Bear Jew – who have been hitching along with us since Pass Mountain Shelter after Thornton Gap in Shenandoah National Park.  They are fun and sweet couple from DC who wanted to hike from Swift Run Gap (a bit more south of Thornton Gap) to Katahdin.  Other hiker, Kermit, is a sweet woman who knows a bit of fingerspellings and sign language.  The hostess of Bears Den, Hopeful, knows some sign language because she wants to be able to communicate with her two children with “Baby Signs”.  Hopeful’s husband’s name is Red Wing.  He went out of the way to get me gluten free pizza, so I can eat it with other hikers who were having pizza last night at Bears Den.  After that, I got to wolf down a pint of Ben’s and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.  Mmmmmmm!

Not a bad idea to stay in on rainy day, eh?  😎  Our arrival in Harpers Ferry will be pushed back to this Friday.  We are looking forward to meeting our friends this Saturday.  I plan to post the schedule for this Saturday before this Friday at 18:00 (6 pm).  Stay dry and warm, folks!

The “roller coaster” trail we entered a 13.5 miles section with 10 accents and decents. We stopped at Bears Den Hostel on 7th or 8th mountain for a night and get back to trail again tomorrow morning to head up to Harper Ferry which is 19 miles. We look forward to seeing folks on Saturday. Time for pizza now yummy… We need lot of CARB and energy getting ready for tomorrow. 🙂

Hello folks!  Thank you for letting me know via posting or email that you plan to meet us.  We will be back on the trail tomorrow and we will not have an access to Internet until Thursday 5-May or Friday 6-May.  I plan to post the details on evening of  Friday 6-May.  You are welcome to meet us for lunch or dinner or even spend time with us all the day.  We are so excited about getting together and having a grand time exchanging stories.

We plan to hike around 5 days to Front Royal, VA, then from Front Royal, VA to Harpers Ferry, WV, it may take between 4 to 5 days. We plan to arrive in Harpers Ferry around 6-May – the weekend of Mother’s Day.  Please join us for a get-together day on Saturday 7-May for lunch or dinner.

We would love to ask our friends in DC/VA/WV/MD area to come out to Harpers Ferry for get-together lunch or dinner over the weekend. Please leave your comment here on the blog or contact us via email if you want to meet us up.

Cane and I finally are able to un-chain our leash from our obligations and responsibilities. We plan to start hiking this Monday 18-April – on the TAX DAY!!!!!! We are so excited about getting back on the trail once again! Our dear friend, Paul E. from NJ, is helping with us by driving us to Virginia with a stopover in Baltimore today to attend RamSham’s niece’s birthday party. Tomorrow, we will go to Waynesboro, VA area. On Monday, we shall resume our hiking from Rockfish Gap – the southern boundary of Shenandoah National Park along the Skyline Drive and going through Shenandoah National Park for a few days. We will be on our way to Harpers Ferry. By then, we will be done with the state of VA at last!!!!!!! We would love to meet our friends from DC, VA, and MD area in Harpers Ferry in a few days. We do not know when we will arrive Harpers Ferry, so we plan to post our estimate date of arrival in Harpers Ferry. Please feel free to contact us via email or here on the blog if you want to meet up with us. It feels good to be back blogging here once again! 😎 We are aware of challenges ahead of us beyond Harpers Ferry – difficult and rocky terrain a few miles before PA boundary line in MD and some portions in PA. Please pray for us to stay safe and healthy.

We closed out on our section between Springer Mountain, GA and Waynesboro, VA this past Wednesday after hiking last 19 miles from Reed’s Gap to Rockfish Gap.  Raffle Queen hiked with us for last 3 miles toward Rockfish Gap after meeting us up on the trail.  It was nice ending!  Raffle Queen drove us up to the hostel in Knoxville, MD which was a stone’s throw from Harpers Ferry, WV.  Paul B. met us there to join with us for the weekend.  We camped out behind the hostel.  We visited ATC (Appalachian Trail conservancy) Headquarter in Harpers Ferry, WV and had a great time there.  We then took a dip in river by Harpers Ferry to cool off since it was 101 degrees F!  We had a lunch then Roger’s friend, Paul R., came to pick up Roger.  We said our farewell to Raffle Queen.  She was a wonderful person to us – a great friend and supporter to us!  Paul B. and I toured Harpers Ferry for a while then hopped on his motorcycle to head to Paul R.’s place for delicious salmon dinner which Paul R. and Roger cooked.  Really good dinner.  Today, Roger and I are going to visit Mark M. today in Maryland then head to New Jersey.  Roger and I plan to rehash our hiking plans for the North this week.  We will share our plans as soon as we make a decision.  Stay cool and have a great week, folks!

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